Qualifying to hunt most game bird species in Utah is simple: buy a combination or small game license, and head afield. But you’ll need to get flying—applications are due July 19
Four species, though — tundra swan, sharp-tailed grouse, greater sage grouse and sandhill crane — also require a special permit. If you’d like to hunt any of those birds this fall, you must apply soon. Also, please be aware of two changes:
• Starting this year, you must have a combination or small game license to apply. You can buy the license before you start the application process or buy it while you’re applying.
• Up to four young hunters can apply to hunt together in a youth-only group. A youth is anyone who will be 17 years of age or younger on July 31, 2018.
Applications are being accepted now. To get your application in the drawing for permits, you must apply through wildlife.utah.gov no later than 11 p.m. on July 19.
You’ll know if you drew a permit by Aug. 6.
If you’re not going to hunt swans, grouse or cranes this year, you can still apply for a preference point. Hunters with preference points have the best chance of obtaining a permit in 2019.
If you have questions about applying for a permit, call the Utah Wildlife Administrative Services office at 1-800-221-0659 or the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office.